I went to the post office this morning to mail some books. One of the benefits of living in a small town is that there's never much of a line at the post office. Just before closing or during lunch you can expect six or seven people to be in line, but the rest of the time there's only a momentary wait while the one other person in the lobby finishes up. I am not one of those people who constantly trashes the postal service. I lived in Central America for two years; I know what bad postal service looks like! Our local post office is friendly and efficient. I appreciate the job that our postal service does.
I rarely mail letters any more. Remember when we always had a stack of envelopes to mail at the first of the month to pay our bills? Now, like most people, I pay online. Most of our payments are automatically deducted from our accounts. I could die tomorrow, but the bills will still be paid...until the money in our checking account goes dry. Several years ago I stocked up on "Forever" stamps at Costco because there was going to be a postal rate increase. I've still got lots of those stamps, and there have been several rate increases. I'm getting a better rate of return on those postage stamps than I do for my savings account.
About the only things I mail are packages to my granddaughters and books. Several years ago my friend Linda, at Thoughts From a Bag Lady in Waiting, wrote about a paperback exchange that she uses. I signed up for Paperbackswap.com and have been happily trading books ever since. I have a terrible time letting go of books. Some, of course, are treasured books that I will read again or just hold on to for the memories, but most are just taking up space...but I still can't just let them go. Paperbackswap.com gives me a credit for every book I mail off to another member and I can use that credit to get a "new" book. The only cost is postage and that's only about $2.25 a book. Paperbackswap.com hasn't cured my book clutter problem, but every time I mail off a book, I'm happy to let it go knowing that I can get another one FOR FREE!!!! I do love getting those little packages in our mailbox. It's like my birthday. It's even more special when a book on my wish list becomes available. It shows up in my mailbox and it's just what I wanted! Check them out by clicking here.